Beating Heart Disease

Kay From North Carolina Writes:

I recently had some testing done and my doctor says that I have a major blockage in one of my arteries that he is concerned about. He said eat a “heart-healthy” diet. What does that mean? Are there certain foods and choices that I can make that will help this condition?

Dear Kay,

Great to hear from you! I know it can be quite confusing when it comes to what to eat for your heart. Really, what you eat for an overall healthy body will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy heart. Let’s start with the basics. The first step is to understand that eating foods in their whole food state is the best way to go. The more a food is processed, the less healthy it is for you. That’s why potatoes are better than potato chips! So with that basic understanding we need to look at some top foods that are very healthy for you, and will support a healthy heart as well.

1. Salmon 
One of my favorites.  Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fats and will help lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol.

2. Walnuts
The super nut.  Just a handful of nuts each day have been show to support a healthy heart. Walnuts contain the highest amount of omega -3 fats. They also cut down the inflammation within the coronary arteries.

3. Beans
Loaded with fiber beans are known to support heart health and help lower blood pressure.

4. Brown Rice
Plenty of fiber and nutrients to support a healthy heart.

5. Kale
One of natures wonders. Kale has the B vitamins including folate, essential fatty acids, and fiber that make it a cardiovascular wonder.

6. Blueberries
Packed full of key polyphenols and antioxidants that help reduce potential harm to the heart such as free radicals.

7. Dark Grapes
A powerful fruit that contains resveratrol. This key nutrient is supportive to heart health and lowering of cholesterol.